This post is sponsored by Great Homeschool Conventions and contains affiliate links. It's not unusual when you head to a conference or convention for the first time to wonder what some of the most important things are you'll need to pack.
I've learned after attending conferences, there are definitely some "must have's" on a trip like that. This, of course, will vary if you're bringing along a baby or the entire family. But for now, let's just stick with what to pack for yourself. I'll offer a few bonus items for anyone who would need to bring their baby along.
- A Handbag. This is important to carry around the convention so you can store a notebook, snacks, mints or gum, convention and vendor literature as well as have the ability to carry things back to your room from the vendors if needed. If you're looking for something durable, I highly recommend the bags from Freeset (which also help keep women in India out of the sex slave industry because they are employed by making these fantastic bags.)
- A Binder. While not totally necessary, some people keep organized using a small binder for note taking, jotting down email addresses from people met along the way, vendor websites to look up later, etc.
- A Cardigan Sweater (that matches all the outfits you pack). I cannot tell you how many times I've attended sessions when I was freezing! It's really hard to concentrate when you're shivering, so be sure to pack something universal and warm enough if a room is chilly.
- Laptop or iPad (or Smartphone at the very least). It's great to be able to look up prices to compare while you're shopping for curriculum. It will also help keep you connected with those who couldn't make it or don't understand what's so great about a homeschool convention. You can share in pictures!
- Comfortable Shoes. Yes, this is important. While the idea of dressing fancy (even in a nice pair of boots with heals) is nice, comfort should probably take precedence in this case. Because you'll be doing a lot of mingling and be out and about, and a long way from home (typically). You'll want to bring shoes you can last the weekend in!